Friday, August 18, 2017

NYX Glitter Primer





Although I found that I didn't need a glue for the Daze Cosmetics glitters, when I got my little hands on some Glitter Eyes, I did think that something stronger was needed. After a recommendation from Tamzin from Through New Eyes, I bought the NYX Glitter Primer from Boots for £8!

There isn't a huge amount to say about this primer, I think the photos pretty much do all the talking for me! As you can see, there is a huge difference between using and not using the primer with the Glitter Eyes glitter. You can see a very similar effect in Tamzin's post as well. 

The primer itself goes on very clear and is comfortable on the eye. It's really easy to apply, just squeeze a little bit onto your finger and apply onto the eye. A little bit goes a long way! It is very tacky and the glitter attaches itself to it really well. The glitter stays on for a very long period with this on as well, I can vouch for it lasting a whole night out!

The bottle only holds 10ml, which costs £8. I personally find this a little steep, £8 for 10ml seems a lot, especially for a high street brand. But as I don't wear glitter very often, and you don't need to use a huge amount anyway, the bottle does last a very long time. So I guess it does work out in the long run! I do think that the price tag could be a little lower though, but maybe I'm being a little bit stingy! 

And that rounds up my very short review of the Glitter Primer from NYX! Have you ever used it before? Are you a fan? Do you think NYX is a little bit expensive? Let me know!


Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx



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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hylamide HA Blur

Hylamide HA Blur

A little while back I wrote about my favourite Pore Deleting products which included the Pore Control from Hylamide. Well today, the brand is back with another absolute beauty on G Beauty - the HA Blur. It is available on the Hylamide website but also from places like ASOS and Feel Unique for around £19. 

This primer is the absolute dream for us who need hardcore protection throughout the day. The product comes out white, but goes transparent once it has been put on. The formula has a really thick consistency, but does not feel heavy on the skin. Especially once foundation has been put on top of it!

The silky but tacky products lends itself really well to foundation. I have tried it with a couple of different ones, and all of them have worked well with the primer. For example, a favourite of mine is the Estée Lauder Double Wear and I love the combination! Although the Double Wear is a pretty high coverage foundation, I do notice a difference when I use the HA Blur in conjunction with it. The finish is more flawless, my skin feels more hydrated and the foundation lasts that little bit longer in the day.

I have noticed a huge difference with using it with one foundation in particular, which is the L'Orèal True Match. I was struggling a little to keep the foundation on and it keeping it from looking like an oil slick within a couple of hours. I tried a few different primers, including the Benefit POREfessional which usually never lets me down, but it was the HA Blur that actually worked. The foundation sticks to it like a dream, it mattefies the foundation and it lasts a whole lot longer! No oil slick Gweni this Summer! 

You can actually use this product under or on top of foundation, but I have personally found it to work better underneath - as it adds that extra moisture barrier. I also think the "blurring" technology in the product works better if it is used underneath foundation as well. 

I have been really impressed with the Hylamide products in general. The brand is under the Deciem umbrella company, which has actually just opened up a store in London! I really hope I can visit it at some point. The Ordinary actually comes under Deciem as well, so if you're a fan of their products - I can imagine you will love the Hylamide range as well! The colours that are used for the products are super pretty as well.

Thank you for reading! Have you tried any Hylamide products? Or anything from Deciem? Do let me know! 

Thank you for reading! 

Love, Gweni xxx



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Monday, August 07, 2017

Boss Orange Prescription Sunglasses | Perfect Glasses UK

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Boss Orange

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If you follow my Instagram stories religiously, you may have noticed that I went abroad a couple of times at the start of July. You may have also noticed me talking about and wearing my new sunglasses, my beaut Boss Orange sunglasses from Perfect Glasses! I have fallen in love with these sunnies and can't wait to share some of my thoughts with you. 

The Perfect Sunglasses website has a very wide range of products to chose from, including men's and women's glasses, designer glasses and prescription sunglasses. As my eyesight has decided to deteriorate very quickly and didn't have contact lenses at the time I was going abroad, I really needed some prescription sunglasses to take abroad with me. And I cannot explain to you how much I appreciated them! 

There are quite a few different brands to choose from, including big designers such as Dior, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Fendi. All of which are discounted! My sunglasses, the Boss Orange (as part of Hugo Boss) were down from £198 to £99! It is the same across the brands, and I've spotted quite a few lovely pairs of Marc Jacobs glasses that I may have to get when I'm earning money! Saying that, there are loads of lovely pairs of normal glasses at a much more affordable price, even as low as £9.
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Me wearing my Boss Orange sunglasses in Lake Como!
If you're a glasses wearer, you will know how expensive having poor eyesight can be. After my eyesight getting worse 3 times in less than 2 years, I can definitely vouch for that! So the website is great for saving a few quid on frames/sunglasses when you need a new pair. 

The sunglasses themselves are lovely. They are very high quality, which you can definitely feel when you're wearing them. The frame is very sturdy and very pretty. I absolutely love the design of the glasses and they really suited my face. They had all of the dimensions of the frames on the website, so I was able to check beforehand to see if I thought the glasses would be too big for my face or not. Thankfully they were not!

I cannot go on about how much I love prescription sunglasses. As I am short sighted, being in big places and visiting places is just a bit of a nightmare without glasses, and even more so if it's bright! I wore them 24/7 when I was abroad, they were particularly great when visiting places throughout the day. It was nice to be able to leave my actual glasses behind! 
Boss Orange Sunglasses
All in all, I have been really impressed by the website. Not only is there a very wide selection of glasses to chose from, but they are of very high quality too. The sunglasses themselves were sent in very sturdy packaging to protect the glasses too. I suppose this is expected, but it is nice to see that the company really cares about its products and customers. 

So if you're looking to get yourself a new pair of specs or sunglasses, designer or not, definitely check out Perfect Glasses. They definitely do have a little something for everyone there. Apart from maybe those lucky few who don't need glasses!! 

Thank you for reading. 

Love, Gweni xxx 



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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Simply Soaps

Simply Soaps

Handmade Soap

Rose Soap

Organic Soaps

Rose Lavender

Over the last few weeks I have been testing out some new soaps from Simply Soaps. The premise behind the company is to create natural, organic soaps to suit all types of skin. They pride themselves on being able to provide high quality products for those who suffer from skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

The soaps are made in a woodland factory in East Norfolk. Simply Soaps sell a range of different products, including creams, lip balms, candles and bath melts! There is definitely a little something for everyone in there. I know for one that I like to buy products that are made locally and vegan/organic products are all the rage these days! It's always a nice touch to have a product that is handmade too, especially when buying gifts.

I have been using the Rose Petal and Geranium Soap (£2.79) and the Handmade Lavender Soothing Soap (£2.79). Both of which came in plastic wrapping, as you can see from the photos. The soap is clearly of very good quality. As soon as I took them out of the packaging, I could see that the soaps had been made with good quality and fresh ingredients. The two soaps smell really lovely and their scents aren't overpowering. 

The Rose Petal and Geranium one is my favourite out of the two, I am a huge sucker for anything that smells like roses! I love the look of this soap, as you can see the rose petals marbled into the soap. You use the soap just like any other bar of soap, and it washes off very easily. The soap is soft on the hands and doesn't leave that squeaky clean feel (which I hate!). It leaves the hands feeling clean and soft, with a hint of rose on the skin. 

The Lavender soap is similar in the way that it leaves the skin feeling afterwards, except it leaves a lavender scent on the skin! Again, a pretty bar of soap and very pleasant to wash your hands with. The lavender fragrance isn't too overpowering in the bar itself or on the skin. You still get that bar of soap scent, but with an added touch of lavender. 

I'm so used to having liquid soap in the house and I forgot how nice bars of soaps were! They really are much more pleasant on the skin, especially knowing that they're organic and handmade too. Mum is definitely happy about having some nice new soaps in the house!

Have you ever used any Simply Soaps soaps? What's your favourite soap to use?

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Love, Gweni xxx




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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Evoluderm Argan & Primrose Range

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Argan Oil and Orange

Orange

Primrose Oil

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A few months back, I was sent a really lovely package from Evoluderm! As I spent a year in France as part of my degree, I was pretty excited to work with a French brand. Evoluderm prides itself on producing good quality products for a low price. In the UK, I've seen their products being sold on Amazon and TK MAXX. So the next time you find yourself scouring through the shelves at TK MAXX, make sure to keep an eye out for Evoluderm!

I was sent the Argan and Primrose Oil range and instantly fell in love with it. It is targeted for those with drier skin, and you can really feel that in the products. Argan oil is well known for its moisturising, nourishing quality and this range is no exception.

My favourite part of the range is most definitely the smell. It smells like holiday! It's quite a sweet smell, a little bit milky but floral scent. It's very very hard to describe. But it smells very Summery and reminds me so much of being abroad. 

Out of the range, my favourite product is probably the Body Exfoliator (Crème Gommant). It is a super creamy formula with little exfoliating beads in them. It's one of those lovely creamy exfoliators that both exfoliate your skin but also leave your skin feeling moisturised afterwards. It also leaves your skin smelling lovely as well! I love using this product a few days before I shave my legs. 

There is also an exfoliator for your face, the Crème Gommant. I have recently run out of my Clinique exfoliator and this has worked just as well if not better, it's a little more moisturising than the Clinique one! Again, a very creamy formula with little beads in. It leaves your skin feeling much clearer but also soft after use. I continue with my normal skin routine after using it. I particularly like using it if I have a night out (when I have a life) and want nice clear skin! 

The least used is probably the Hand Cream (Crème Mains), as I am just not a hand cream enthusiast. However, I have used it a couple of times as just normal moisturiser and it works really well! It leaves my skin feeling really soft and smelling amazing. The smell lingers as well, which I am a big fan of. 

Last but not least, is the Face Mask (Masque Crème). I have never used a mask like this before, which is a cream mask? Essentially, it is like a really really thick moisturiser that you put on like a mask. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wipe off with a cotton pad. As my skin is combination, I don't feel like I need the full benefits of this, so I rinse it off with water instead. I found the cotton pad to be a little stubborn when taking it off! If you have dehydrated skin, this is definitely something to look into! It leaves your skin feeling verrrrry moisturised straight afterwards and very soft the next day. 

I have been super impressed with the Evoluderm products, so glad I've been able to test them out! If you have dry skin, definitely look into this range. Although saying that, I've really loved them and I don't have dry skin! The brand has loads of hair products on Amazon that look amazing that I think I will have to try out at some point!

Thank you for reading! Have you ever used any Evoluderm products before?

Love, Gweni xxx



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System


Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System

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I am so so excited to be writing and sharing this post about the Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System with you today, I feel as though I've been testing out the product and racking up opinions and thoughts for years! In fairness, it has been months since it was sent to me but STILL! 

As a generally hairy gal, I am always interested in ways of reducing the amount of hair on my body. One of the methods I had been looking into was salon laser hair removal, but as you probably already know - this is verrrry expensive. When I met the lovely Panasonic team at the Glam Gala they showed me the IPL and I was instantly hooked. I got in touch with them the very next day and they were kind enough to send me through the Panasonic ES-WH90 IPL Hair Removal System to test out. And tested out I have done! 

What is the IPL I hear you ask? I'm not going to pretend to be an expert but I will do my best to try and explain. Essentially, Intense Pulsed Light is a broad-spectrum light which is absorbed by the melanin in the hair to reduce hair growth. In very simple terms, the light off the IPL is absorbed by the hair, this heats up the hair and this destroys the hair-producing part in the root. It is not laser, as laser only uses one colour whereas the IPL uses the whole colour spectrum (I think!). As it only works on "active" hair follicles, it does take quite a few treatments for it to work. Darker hair absorbs more of this light, as you can imagine, and therefore it works better on dark and corse hair. It is not advised to be used on blonde and white hair. 

I have been using it since March 20th, as you can see in the Before picture. I decided to stick to just my armpits to test out for this post. I hope you all enjoy seeing photos of my pits! I won't lie, it take quite a while before I started seeing results. But now that I have, the results are getting better and better. I noticed a particular difference when I was on holiday. I was definitely shaving my armpits much less than I usually do!
Both the Before and After pictures show one week of growth. 

So, how do you use it? First of all, you clean and shave the area where you are going to use the IPL. Once dry, you press the IPL device against your skin and you will see a bright flash. It feels quite warm on your skin but doesn't hurt. Then you remove and place it on the next part of the skin! It's super quick and the head is large, so it can cover a large area of skin. It's seriously easy to use! You can shave as many times between treatments as well, very handy for when you have events.

For the purposes of this post, I shaved once a week for 12 weeks and used the IPL pretty much straight after I shaved. It is advertised that it takes 2 minutes to do both armpits and I would either agree or even argue that it takes even less time than that! It takes no time at all and definitely doesn't take any time out of your day. Again, so so easy to use. I started on the lowest setting and went up to the full level 5 setting by week 5. 

Like I said earlier, it did take a while for me to see results. By week 8, I still hadn't seen any massive results. But as it only works on active follicles, it is hard to expect instant results from it! You definitely do have to be patient with it. As you can see from the Before and After photos, which was around 12 weeks, there has been a clear reduction of growth. The hair is definitely taking longer to grow and I think it has become much finer.

As I shave my armpits anyway, I didn't find using the IPL to be a hassle at all. The one downside to it is that you have to shave, you're not allowed to wax or epilate I'm afraid. I'm not 100% sure why, but I assume it is because the root is still in tact when you shave, which allows it to absorb the IPL light. I should make it clear now that the IPL does not burn the whole hair off, the hair is still there after you apply the device to it. For some reason, I thought it would burn the follicle off completely and fall out. This does not happen, silly naive Gweni! 

The Panasonic IPL comes with a charger and a face attachment, which makes the window for the light a little bit smaller. You can use the device on pretty much every part of your body, although it is not advised to use it on the upper lip area, abdomen or genitals. You can do your bikini area but they advise to wear underwear and so you may not be able to do quite as much as you may like to. It makes a little bit of noise when you use it as well, but not so loud that you couldn't watch TV at the same time.

It is not permanent hair removal, but it does reduce growth as long as you continue using it. As you only pay for the device once, it is not difficult or expensive to keep up the use of the product. And as it is only once a week, it's not a massive pain either! It is worth the investment, in my opinion. You can buy on a few places on the internet, the Panasonic website being one place! It retails at £349.99 on the Panasonic website, but I have seen it being sold for quite a bit cheaper on other websites,  for example Amazon is selling the IPL for around £169.99. 

I hope this review gives you a good idea of what to expect with the IPL. Please do let me know of anything else you would want to know so that I can add it to the post. It's obviously not a cheap product to buy, so would love to help as much as I can!

Thank you for reading! 

Love, Gweni xxx



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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

What I Learnt From Living Alone

Living alone

Since September 2016, I have been living alone in my little flat. I made some very last minute decisions last Summer and it was unfortunately too late for me to live with any of my friends. Consequently, I have ended up living by myself in a flat in the centre of Birmingham for the last 10 months and it has been a ball! I have now moved out but I have learnt quite a few things along the way and I wanted to share them with you today.

You become self-reliant

I mean, this is a pretty obvious one but it is something I had to become very quickly. I was pretty independent beforehand, hello boarding school and 4 years of uni but it was still a bit of a learning curve. When I first moved in, absolutely everything went wrong. It was so tragic but made for excellent snapchat story time. My hot water was not working, the kettle stopped working, the oven smashed on the first evening and the internet stopped working. It was pretty hilarious but you quickly learnt to be very self-sufficient, call people and fix things yourself. 

Everything is your fault

You know those times when you run out of loo roll, or the washing up hasn't been done or the hoovering hasn't been done for a good month. Yeah, all of that is your own fault. You become responsible for absolutely everything and you can't blame it on anyone other than yourself. You suddenly realise how useless you can be as an adult.

Life is very expensive

You know what's fun? Paying bills. You know what's even more fun? Paying the whole of the bills yourself. I miss living with 8 other people and paying £2 for internet every month or having bills included. The good days. This is something I am really looking forward to living with people again just so that I don't pay silly amounts to bills again!

It is lonely

This is something that I didn't think I would struggle with, but I really did at the start of it all! I really missed just coming back from being in uni and talking to someone at the end of the day. I missed getting into TV programmes with friends and procrastinating by drinking silly amounts of tea. I really missed just general gossip and having a laugh! I started a new course so I was making a lot of new friends at the start, and my old uni friends were living the other side of the city. The course was pretty demanding so I didn't have a huge amount of free time to go out and socialise, so I did struggle a little at the start.

But you start to enjoy your own company a lot

I have been making myself laugh a lot from living alone, which is so sad but true. I have definitely become more comfortable in my own skin and you get really used to the way your brain works. It has definitely matured me a little and I like to think it has chilled me out a bit. You become quite sure of yourself and of what you want. I like making all of the decisions myself! I am not looking forward to having to compromise again!

You appreciate the time you spend with friends and family

As you don't have the social contact at home, you're forced to make an effort to socialise. Although this turns out to be quite expensive, you do really appreciate the time you do spend with friends and family. I used to take it for granted a lot! As I use my phone for socialising when I'm in the flat, I like to be completely away from my phone when I'm with people. Social contact really is 100000% better in person.

You have so much space to yourself

This is definitely the best part of living alone. I have a whole flat ALL TO MYSELF! A whole bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room! I am one of those people who owns an insurmountable amount of things and having all of this space to myself is amazing. I like being able to spread my things everywhere and keeping it the way that I like myself. I am definitely going to miss this! I will also miss being able to walk around without any clothes on.

You get so much done 

Obviously, I still procrastinate. But not half on the level that I used to! It is so easy to just waste a couple of hours messing around with friends, on top of scrolling Twitter and Instagram. Now it's just social media scrolling procrastination! I did a very intense course this year, on top of doing job applications and blogging. Being able to have all of that space to myself with no distractions was a god send!

It is so much fun

I really have enjoyed these 10 months with myself. I learnt a lot about myself and had a lot of fun doing so. I learnt that I was more than capable of looking after myself and I really enjoyed the independence. As much as I am looking forward to seeing the cat and my parents over Summer and pals in September, I will definitely miss living alone. I am super excited for social contact though, you have no idea how much of a hermit I have been! Or maybe you follow my Twitter and see how often I tweet and maybe you have picked up on this...


Thank you for reading this post! I had a lot of fun writing it. Let me know if you've ever lived alone and if you enjoyed it? I know a lot of people really struggle with it!

Love, Gweni xxx


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beauty at Ideal World



A few months ago, I was lucky enough to be sent a lovely package full of beauty goodies from Ideal World! It has taken me a little while to get through everything, but I hope I can give you a bit of an idea of what the TV shopping channel's website has to offer!




This is actually a product I have been dying to try for a very long time, and I was very excited to see it in the box! You may have seen me doing a first impressions on my Instagram story about it. The eraser is essentially a very very soft elongated flannel. The fibres are very thick and dense, I am assuming this is the science behind how the eraser works to take off your makeup! 

It is straightforward to use, you are supposed to wet it with warm water and then wash your makeup off your face. As I showed in my story, this did actually work! I was really impressed with it. As I wear quite strong lash glue, I did find that I need to use a makeup remover with it. I usually use the Clinique Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm before washing it off with the makeup eraser. This is my favourite way of using it, but you can definitely use it without any product! You are supposed to wash it quite often, but I don't and I haven't died yet. It is quite big, so you could definitely use it a few times by maximising the surface area before washing if you are more hygienic than me!




Elizabeth Grant 

There were quite a few bits from Elizabeth Grant in the box for me to test. Elizabeth Grant is a Canadian company which started out as a skincare brand but has since branched out to other various beauty products, such as makeup. 

If you like Vanilla, then you should definitely check out the Vanilla Body Cream. The smell is quite strong and lasts all day on the skin. The formula has a lovely consistency, not too thin or too thick and absorbs into the skin quickly. 

The Firming Eye Pads (£19.99) are equally lovely. I am not one for bags under my eyes, but these are super relaxing.

There was also a lip stain, which I used after the moisturising lipstick balm. Although it stung a little when applying, the colour was really beaut on. It lasted really well on the lips, and only gave you a tint of colour. If you're someone who doesn't want to wear lipstick but wants to darken their lip colour, this is definitely for you. It is a little sticky at first but it quickly dries! 

And finally, a little bottle of perfume! This little thing has been a life saver to just pop into my bag when I'm out for the whole day. (I know, I do sometimes leave the flat!). It smells gorgeous and lasts a really long time. Perfect for that top up!


Skinn 

This is another beauty range that is sold on Ideal World, which does both makeup and skincare as well. I have tried out a few makeup bits!

I absolutely love the Enriched Softening Essence. It is described as a Pre-Treat & Hydrate Lotion - make what you want of that but I just use it as a standard primer. It is a clear liquid formula that looks like water! It is super hydrating on the skin and I like using this when my skin is feeling a little dryer. It is very light on the skin and makeup applies really well to it. I am currently using Estée Lauder Double Wear, a very high coverage thick foundation, and it sits really well on the Essence! 

The Glosstick and the Plasma Fusion Nourishing Lipstick are super hydrating, but not really my kind of lip product. I love a bold, full colour and these give a very sheer look. Both give off a hint of colour and leave a bit of a shine on the lip. I know that a lot of people look for that in a lip product, so definitely check them out if that's what you like in a lip product! They are very comfortable on the lip and leave my lips feeling soft after using them.



I have LOVED using this sponge. As a generally hairy gal, I do tend to need to exfoliate a fair amount to keep my hair removal in tip top condition. I love the shape and idea behind this product, definitely makes it stand out from the crowd. It is a very gentle exfoliator but it also cleans the body as well. My skin is left feeling really moisturised. The product comes out of the sponge really easily under the water. It smells amazing, quite a light but sweet coconut scent. It has a handy ribbon hook as well for easy storage in the bathroom. 



Is there anything more satisfying than a peel off mask? Another thing that I have recently reviewed on my Instagram Story is this beauty. (Basically, you should probably follow me on Instagram). This mask was really easy to apply, all I have to do is wait 10 minutes and then I get full satisfaction of peeling it off my face! The mask leaves my skin looking radiant and clear straight away. Did I mention you get to peel it off?


And that concludes my little insight into some of the lovely beauty products at Ideal World! It was a little long, and I do applaud you if you made it through! There is a HUGE range of products on the website as well, I have even spied some Estée Lauder. 

Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

If you follow my Instagram stories, you may have come across me talking about a really fab subscription box I received last month. The Curated Combination box has really impressed me and I'm excited to share my opinions with you all! 

Curated Combination was created by Sam from Little Fickle and Katy from The Lilac Scrapbook. I have been following both of these girls right from when I started blogging, two and a half years ago. I have always had a lot of respect for the two girls and I was so excited when they got in touch. It's really lovely to be able to support fellow bloggers.

The subscription box has been curated for bloggers, full of beauty goodies and the like. It costs £12.50 including postage, which I personally think is a huge bargain as all the products are full sized. And I got some real treats in my box!

First of all, I got Toni & Guy Nourish & Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner for dry hair. This was excellent timing as my shampoo and conditioner had recently run out! I have been using them and I really like them. My hair often does need an extra boost, apparently bleaching hair does not do too many wonders for keeping your hair in good condition! The products have really helped to keep my hair well conditioned and soft. I don't want to brag but my hair is smelling pretty good at the moment. 

The Ark Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover has been a favourite for me. I love me a good cleanser to remove my makeup, and this one is fab. It is an oil which you rub all over your face and then rinse off with water. It is quite a thin formula, which means you don't have to use much. I have found it to work really well, even on my stubborn lash glue! It smells lovely as well, a lovely lavender scent. I tend to use a muslin cloth to wash it off though instead of just water alone. This works just as well!

Next up is the Bramley Hand Cream. To be honest, I'm not the biggest hand cream person. My hands aren't particularly dry and I find the lotion a little bit annoying when I'm trying to get on with things. However, it does smell amazing and does make your hands feel really soft. Another lavender product, but it does smell quite floral. I'm sure my Mum will love having this in her bathroom when I head home for Summer! 

The more random of the goodies was the Portlebay Popcorn in Sherbet Lemon. I've had a quick look on their website and there are SO many cool flavours, for example Very Berry and Cinnamon Swirl. I didn't think I would like the popcorn much, but I have been munching through them while writing this post and they're SO GOOD. They really taste like sherbet lemon! It is an odd combo, but it really works. Plus the packet is so full! No Walkers half full packet funny business going on here! 

The most used product for me has definitely been the Gosh Infinity Eyeliner Carbon Black. Another product that I was running out of and needed a new one! The formula is soft and creamy, something very important for me and my sore eyelids. The formula is super pigmented, quite essential in an eyeliner if you ask me. It hasn't gone down too quickly on me at all. It's great if you want to smoke out your eyeliner a little as well. The formula lends itself well to it and the smudger on the other end smokes it out beautifully. I have been using it in my waterline and just on the top of my lids to cover up the false lash band! Really like this product. 

One big surprise to me was the Makeup Geek Plush Lip Cream! The matte cream is a beautiful red colour, as shown in the swatches, called Beauty Queen. The formula is really lovely on the lip, very creamy and not drying at all. It dries really matte on the lip, and I do love a good matte! It is a lip cream, so its staying power is a little less than that of a liquid lipstick but it does last fairly well. I did have to reapply when I ate, but I didn't need to apply much! The applicator is super soft and easy to use, perfect for getting the shape you want.

And last of all, of course I needed a little canvas bag to pop all of my goodies in! I love the purple and rose gold design of this bag, very blogger-esque. It's been super handy for me to store the ridiculous amount of stuff I own! 

I think that concludes my review of the Curated Combination box! I would highly recommend it to bloggers who want to try out some new products without breaking the bank. £12.50 including postage is ridiculously good for all of these full sized products. I have just done a little calculation and if I had bought them separately, it would have cost around £80!! If that isn't enough to sell you, I don't know what is. 

Let me know what your thoughts are about the box. I've been really impressed by it! Thank you for reading.

Love, Gweni xxx


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Acid Erosion

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Tips on dealing with acid erosion

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For the last 6 years or so I have been dealing with the slight issue of acid erosion on my teeth. It's not really a massive problem, but it can be slightly irritating and can affect my day to day life. I wouldn't say I struggle at all, but I do bear it in mind and I'm sure there are thousands of you out there who put up with it on the daily as well!

What is Acid Erosion?

Acid erosion is essentially where the tooth's enamel has been broken down by acid. It is unfortunately irreversible, although there are some techniques that you can put in place to prevent it getting worse. The enamel protects the tooth, and with it being broken down, the tooth can be very sensitive to certain foods (usually acidic, surprise surprise!) and can cause discomfort in the mouth. 

What causes it?

You may be shocked to find out that it is in fact, acid which causes acid erosion! The two main culprits are stomach acids and acidic food/drink. Stomach acids eroding teeth is usually down to throwing up a lot, as it comes as part of the package. Acidic food and drink is usually the worst offender, with fizzy drinks, fruit juices and wine being the enemy. They definitely are for me! 

How to deal with acid erosion?

Avoiding foods and taking precautions are the ways that I deal with acid erosion. 

Foods and drinks to avoid
  • Fizzy Drinks - diet versions of fizzy drinks are usually more acidic, I *think* it is because of the sweeteners that they use instead of sugar. Obviously sugar is not very good for your teeth either! Diet Coke is definitely something that has negatively impacted my teeth.
  • Fruit Juices - thankfully I'm not fussed about these anyway, but I know that orange juice can be very damaging to your teeth. So do watch out if you're drinking this very regularly!
  • Wine - my teeth are always in a bit of a state after I've been drinking wine. I have found that white wine and rosé hurt my teeth more than red, but I've still found red to be a bit of a pain! As my teeth have been worn down, I get quite purple teeth when I drink red wine now! 
  • Fruit - I very rarely eat fruit anymore, which is a huge shame and I do miss it. As my acid erosion is behind my two top front teeth - biting into fruit is just a big no from me. Apples are the absolute worst.
If you are going to drink these though, my main tip is to use a straw! It helps me so much to limit the amount of acid getting on my teeth. It does unfortunately mean that you have to be that person who always asks for a straw. 

They are the top food and drinks I avoid, or try to limit as much as I can. At the end of the day, I love a good glass of red with a steak and Diet Coke fixes my hangovers. If you suffer from acid erosion, do let me know if there are any other foods you avoid. 

Precautions to take

It goes without saying that going to the dentist is the first place you should be going! A couple of easy ways of finding dentists in your area is through a quick google search or asking for recommendations from friends and family. It was the dentist who first picked up on my acid erosion and gave me advice on what to do about it. They also prescribed me some really good toothpaste, which is called Colgate Duraphat, this is only available through prescriptions though. 

Your choice of toothpaste and toothbrush is very important. I have tried a fair few different brands, but have stuck religiously to the Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief Extra Soft Toothbrush (£3.99). Every other toothbrush has just been too harsh on my teeth. If I have run out of the Duraphat toothpaste and haven't been able to go to the dentist, then there are two toothpastes that I like and would recommend. The first being the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief (£3.80) and the second Sensodyne Pro Namel (£4.50). Both of which I have really liked and I don't have a preference between the two. The main priority in looking for toothpaste is finding one that is aimed at repairing and protecting tooth enamel. 

General good oral care is also extremely important in looking after your teeth, with or without acid erosion! One way of ensuring this is doing your research. One website that I have found to be excellent and filled with good advice is ToothStars. The website is a British dental magazine, written by professionals in the field with a huge wealth of knowledge. The website covers many aspects of oral hygiene, from children's oral hygiene, teeth whitening, mouth ulcers to teeth whitening. I particularly enjoyed Essential Tooth Brushing Tips, Five More Myths About Oral Hygiene and Teeth Whitening Health & Safety. There are so many informative articles on there, and I genuinely do believe that knowledge is power! 


I am not a doctor or dentist, so please don't take anything I have written as fact. But that is my experience with my teeth and I hope it may raise a little bit of awareness to the dangers of acid! Please do let me know if you have acid erosion or deal with any mouth/teeth related problems.

Thank you for reading! 

Love, Gweni xxx


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